§ Sir W. Wakefield
asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the objects of S.R. & O., No. 1176, The Miscellaneous Goods, Prohibition of Manufacture and Supply, No 7, Order,1945, which revokes, inter alia, The Miscellaneous Goods, Prohibition of Manufacture, No. 3, Order, 1943; and, in view of the fact that this action cancels licences to manufacture issued under previous Orders and is interfering with production, with consequent damage to the export trade, what action is he proposing to take to put the position right.
§ Mr. Ellis Smith
The main object of the Miscellaneous Goods (Prohibition of Manufacture and Supply) (No. 7) Order, 1945, to which the hon. Member refers, is to allow any person freedom without licence to make and supply certain goods named in the Second Schedule up to a total value of £1,800 in a six month period. It is only for supplies over that figure that manufacturers must apply to the Board of Trade for a licence and I assure the hon. Member that, subject to544W the availability of labour and materials, licences to produce for export are, and will be, freely given. The control imposed by previous Orders remains unchanged as regards goods in the First Schedule.